Niger Deputy Speaker Wants Council Chairman Sacked

By Nma Shekwolo

The Deputy Speaker of the Niger state House of Assembly, Abdulrahman Gambo, on Thursday called for the removal of Mohammed Saidu, the chairman of Borgu local government area in the state where he comes from.

This was contained in a petition to the House by the Majority Leader, Haruna Labaran, titled “the clarion call for the removal of Borgu Local Government Chairman”.

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Labaran who moved the motion, however, did not give details of the offence of the local government chairmen in his petition, prompting the Speaker, Adamu Usman, to direct the House committees on public petition, ethics and priviledges, local Government and finance to investigate the request and report back in two weeks.

Efforts to get the petitioner for further information on the petition were futile, as the Deputy Speaker left the chamber as soon as the session ended. He also had his telephone line switched off.

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But the Majority Leader who moved the motion told newsmen after the day’s sitting that details of the petition and the offences of the chairman would be made public after the committees must have completed their assignment and reported their findings to the House.

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“All I can say is that the deputy speaker who is from the local government sponsored the petition and that the allegations are in the body of the petition. I want to assure the public that everyone will be given fair hearing. That is why no action is taken yet,” Labaran stated.

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